Yasushi Kaneko


Yasushi Kaneko (金子 恭之, Kaneko Yasushi, born February 27, 1961) is a Japanese politician who served as Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications from October 2021 to August 2022. He is serving in the House of Representatives as a member of the Liberal Democratic Party.

Kaneko Yasushi
金子 恭之
Yasushi Kaneko 20211004.jpg
Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications
In office
4 October 2021 – 10 August 2022
Prime MinisterFumio Kishida
Preceded byRyota Takeda
Succeeded byMinoru Terada
Personal details
Born (1961-02-27) 27 February 1961 (age 62)
Kuma District, Kumamoto, Japan
Political partyLiberal Democratic
Alma materWaseda University


A native of Kuma District, Kumamoto and graduate of Waseda University, Kaneko was elected for the first time in 2000 as an independent. He later joined the LDP.

His profile on the LDP website:[1]

  • Secretary to a Diet Member
  • Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Koizumi Cabinet)
  • Senior Vice-Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (Fukuda and Aso Cabinet)
  • Deputy Chairman, Policy Research Council of LDP
  • Director, Youth Division of LDP
  • Chairman, Committee on Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism


Kaneko is affiliated to the openly revisionist lobby Nippon Kaigi,[2] and a member of the following right-wing groups at the Diet:

  • Nippon Kaigi Diet discussion group (日本会議国会議員懇談会 - Nippon kaigi kokkai giin kondankai)
  • Conference of parliamentarians on the Shinto Association of Spiritual Leadership (神道政治連盟国会議員懇談会) - NB: SAS a.k.a. Sinseiren, Shinto Political League, Shinto Seiji Renmei Kokkai Giin Kondankai
  • Conference to consider the true human rights (真の人権擁護を考える懇談会)
  • Conference of young parliamentarians supporting the idea that the Yasukuni Shrine is a true national interest and desire for peace (平和を願い真の国益を考え靖国神社参拝を支持する若手国会議員の会)

Kaneko gave the following answers to the questionnaire submitted by Mainichi to parliamentarians in 2012:[3]

  • in favor of the revision of the Constitution
  • in favor of right of collective self-defense (revision of Article 9)
  • in favor of reform of the National assembly (unicameral instead of bicameral)
  • in favor of reactivating nuclear power plants
  • against the goal of zero nuclear power by 2030s
  • in favor of the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma (Okinawa)
  • no answer regarding the evaluation of the purchase of Senkaku Islands by the Government
  • in favor of an effort to avoid conflict with China
  • against the participation of Japan to the Trans-Pacific Partnership
  • against a nuclear-armed Japan
  • against the reform of the Imperial Household that would allow women to retain their Imperial status even after marriage


  1. ^ Profile of Kaneko Yasushi on LDP website: jimin.jp/english/profile/members/114667.html (retrieved Dec 2, 2014)
  2. ^ Nippon Kaigi website
  3. ^ Mainichi 2012: senkyo.mainichi.jp/46shu/kaihyo_area_meikan.html?mid=A43005003003
  • 政治家情報 〜金子 恭之〜. JANJAN ザ・選挙 (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-10-20.

External linksEdit

  • Official website in Japanese.
Political offices
Preceded by Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications
Succeeded by